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Robbers jailed after pooping at crime scene

Two men suspected of robbing a strawberry farmer earlier this year and arrested after forensics discovered their faeces near the getaway car, have been sentenced to prison, a Swedish court ruled on Monday.

Robbers jailed after pooping at crime scene

Last February, 64-year-old Elof Dahlén was attacked and brutally robbed by two masked men who barged into his home near Vara in central Sweden.

”Because I don’t ususally lock the door when I am in they were able to go straight in. They tied me up and taped my face so I couldn’t see or hear what they were up to,” he told local paper GT.

But before carrying out the theft, the two robbers, along with their accomplice, had all felt the need to defecate on the ground near their getaway vehicle, parked not far from Dahlén’s home.

After finecombing Dahlén’s home, the robbers made off with 6,000 kronor ($932) in cash, a glass jar filled with loose change, a camera and a GPS navigator. They also took tools worth almost 50,000 kronor from Dahléns shed.

To hasten their escape they made use of Dahlén’s car, driving it to the site where their accomplice was waiting with the getaway truck.

The thieves then torched the car and fled the scene, leaving the flaming vehicle parked near the faeces they had deposited prior to the dastardly robbery.

It took Dahlén five hours to manage to wriggle free and alert the police but when they eventually arrived, they were quickly able to locate his burning vehicle, left not too far away.

Shortly thereafter, crime scene investigators stumbled across the three piles of poo, dumped unceremoniously by the robbers-in-need.

The forensic officers later secured DNA evidence from the droppings, which eventually led them to the perpetrators, the local Nya Lidköpings-Tidningen reported at the time the men were charged.

The two robbers were sentenced on Monday to four years, and four years and four months respectively.

The district court felt that the robbery had been meticulously planned and that the two men had shown such ruthlessness that the offence must be deemed as aggravated robbery.

The perpetrators will also pay damages amounting to 30,000 kronor ($4,652) to the victim.

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Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim

Police on the island of Gotland removed a public sculpture from the Galgberget nature reserve near Visby on the grounds that it is just too creepy.

Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim
The gallows at Galgeberget. Photo: Artifex/WikiCommons
According to local news site Hela Gotland, someone was out for a stroll on Galgeberget (the Gallows Hill) on Wednesday when they saw what they thought was a body hanging after a suicide. Local police were contacted but when they went to investigate they instead found a sculpture by artist Jessica Lundeberg. 
 
The artwork, entitled ‘The Watcher in the Woods’, is a partially transparent plate sculpture that looks like a spooky little girl. 
 
 
Despite discovering that the suspected suicide victim was actually artwork, police determined that Lundeberg’s piece could scare others and thus took the sculpture down. 
 
“It was decided that if it were to remain, more people would likely be frightened in the same way,” Gotland police spokesman Ayman Aboulaich told Radio P4 Gotland. 
 
Lundeberg told Hela Gotland that the sculpture has been at Galgeberget since a public art project last summer and that this was the first time it had caused any concern. She said ‘The Watcher in the Woods’ was the only piece that was allowed to remain after the end of the project. But now it is there no more. 
 
 
Lundeberg has taken the sculpture back to her studio. While she hopes it will eventually return to Galgeberget, the artist told Hela Gotland it seems unlikely.  
 
She said that the sculpture was damaged by police. 
 
“It was ragged, dismantled and broken. I was horrified when I saw it,” she said. 
 
Police have reportedly promised to pay any necessary repair costs.
 
Although the person who reported the sculpture to the police has not spoken with the media, their jump to conclusions could perhaps be attributed to the nature reserve’s macabre history. Galgeberget is still home to gallows that were used to hang criminals for centuries. The last execution to be held at the site was in 1845, according to Hela Gotland
 
 
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